EXODUS EXPERTS RECOMMEND…
It’s not only Exodus travellers who love getting out to trek amidst towering peaks, through aromatic autumnal forests, along windswept coastlines and even over groaning glaciers…
When they manage to get away from their desks and shed the trappings of office life, our trekking experts here at Adventure HQ love nothing more than lacing up their boots to hit the trails and feel the freedom of the great outdoors.
Here a few of them share their favourites with you…
“Everest Basecamp had long been on my list of ‘must do treks’, so when I had the chance to go in April this year, to say I was excited would be an understatement! The trip didn’t disappoint; huge jagged peaks covered in deep blankets of snow, crisp bluebird skies dotted with brightly coloured prayer flags and the welcoming hospitality of the Nepalese people made for one of the best treks of my life. A world away from sitting at my desk in London answering an endless emails, the 17-day trip meant I could switch off my phone and totally immerse myself in the diverse experiences and scenery surrounding me. I returned to UK not only with a full memory card but an immense sense of achievement. I’d made it to Everest Basecamp – not everyone can say that!”
Chloe Knott, Exodus Walking & Trekking Product Manager
"Three years ago, if someone had told me I would summit Kilimanjaro, I would have needed stiches for my sides. It was a mountain that I had heard about, and seen many pictures of, but did I think I would ever climb it? Well, I would be lying if I said yes. The flight into Kilimanjaro was spectacular. I could see the mountain volcano and its glacier rising like a colossal iced bun. At the peak, the 360 degree view of the Earth’s curvature (the only place on the planet where you can view it) was as mesmeric as the sense of achievement that washed over me.”
Tom Bowring, Exodus Sales Consultant
“It only took a few photos to convince me that Norway was for me. Crystalline skies, jade fjords and glaciers glistening like crushed diamonds; what’s not to fall in love with? But nothing sounded closer to hell on Earth than being separated from the landscape by a fogged up cruise liner window crushed between a thousand other people doing the same. Not me – I wanted to get out and see it on foot; to touch, smell and trek this landscape, as part of a small group. It’s the only way to get a real sense of the awe-inspiring raw power of the fjords. Otherwise, you might as well just stay at home and look at other people’s pictures…”
By Georgina Lawrence, Exodus Marketing Executive
“The two week trek follows scenic mountains trails through three countries along lush valleys ringing with the sound of cow bells and past tumbling glaciers you can get close enough to touch. Watch out for marmots scarpering around the mountainside, though you may hear them before you spot them. Make sure you get stuck into the sweet tarts on offer at the hut stops en route - you’ll need the extra energy boost, as over two weeks you’ll ascend around 10,000m and descend 12,000m. Then at the end of each day, simply fall into a comfy bed and rest those weary limbs.”
Dave Richardson, Exodus Sales Consultant
It’s not like I was the first one to be captivated with the Annapurnas; like many trekkers before me, reaching Annapurna Base camp was one of my biggest achievements. The memory of the incredible views, colourful Buddhist prayer flags dancing on the wind, will always stay with me. It is some of the most inspiring scenery on the planet.
Joanna Zubr, Exodus Customer Operations Executive